Truffles are a type of mushroom that grows beneath the ground, which makes them a fungus. They are usually found near trees. Edible truffles are usually either black or white. Both are pricey culinary ingredients, but white truffles tend to cost more than black ones.
If you'd like to use truffles in your home cuisine, but don't want to break the family piggy bank, there's an inexpensive way to incorporate their luscious flavor into your dish. Both black and white truffle oils can be found in most supermarkets and in specialty stores like Whole Foods. Made with olive oil and small pieces of truffle, one or two drops can add gallons of flavor to a dish and elevate it to a new level. I use truffle oil when cooking steak in red wine glade, in beef stew, hunters chicken, and even shake a drop onto hamburgers to intensify their flavor.
I've seen white truffle french fries pop up on a few local restaurant menus in recent months. They tasted so wonderful I decided to make my own healthier version at home. Instead of making the traditional deep-fried type of potatoes, I made my crispy potato squares baked at high heat in olive oil and lightly salted. But, I added a couple of drops of white truffle oil to the olive oil. The addition made flavor burst forth. I highly recommend giving this a try. You can find the recipe for the potatoes in Easy Weekly Meals touchscreen cookbooks. Mix it up with a few sweet potato squares to add a splash of sugar to the dish. And if you need more easy cookbook recipes, you'll find them there.